All Star voting is in full swing for the MLB (go vote for your favorites) so let’s turn our attention to the fantasy baseball points league All Stars. I don’t want this list to just be a look at the top 3 at each position because you can check that on whatever platform you’re playing on. Plus I want to recognize some performances from guys no one was talking about during draft season. And it’s my list so I can write about whoever I want. Let me know who you disagree with below or on Twitter. Hopefully, you were able to snag a few of these guys for your squad.

So without further ado… I preset my 2022 Fantasy Baseball Points League All Stars.

 

Catcher

Willson Contreras – He takes the top spot among catchers thanks to a .275 average and 12 home runs. He was the sixth catcher off the board, around pick 129, so his impressive first half shouldn’t come as a total surprise. We’ve seen him be a strong option behind the plate before. More impressive than his current numbers are his xStats. They indicate that not only has he earned his points, he could actually be better. If you have him, hold him, not that you were really thinking about selling. But his manager in your league may need an upgrade elsewhere and could be willing to part with him if they don’t believe his performance is real.

Alejandro Kirk – Captain Kirk was the 12th catcher off the board but I imagine quite a few fantasy managers are wishing they had pulled the trigger on him just a bit earlier in drafts. This is his breakout year and I think there may still be a window to steal him away from a team in your league who refuses to believe. All of his advanced stats look great and I expect him to keep rolling and challenge for the top spot behind the plate at the end of the season.

Jonah Heim – I almost went with Daulton Varsho in this spot, and he’s been great, but it was widely expected that he would be good. Heim on the other hand was largely undrafted but has taken full advantage of the opportunity afforded by Mitch Garver spending time on the IL. He’s earned his spot here even if he is overperforming, and that’s worth celebrating.

 

First Base

Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy is back to doing his thing: hitting bombs with a high batting average. Advanced stats say that luck has inflated his numbers but you have to be very happy with the results if you drafted him. It looks like he’s turned back the clock to his fantasy stud days.

Pete Alonso – He was going right before Goldy in drafts but he finds himself trailing in the points standings. That still puts him second on the first base leaderboard but I’ll be very interested to see if these two stay neck in neck. Al-Bombso has earned his nickname and I’m here for it.

Anthony Rizzo – Now we get to the fun one. Rizzo finds him in the top 3 with the fine gentlemen listed above. Unlike those studs, he was drafted much, much later. Interestingly, he was coming off the board almost 60 spots higher on ESPN than anywhere else. I like his xStats as well and he has returned to fantasy stardom.

 

Second Base

Tommy Edman – My man. Tommy is a guy that I’ve always had an irrational infatuation with and he’s finally having the breakout year I hoped for. He does a little bit of everything to score points, and they’ve been piling up this season.

Ty France – He hasn’t played a single game at second for the Mariners this season but we don’t care because he’s eligible there in fantasy. He’s raking with a .320 average and he has the tools to keep it up even if advanced stats say he has luck on his side so far. Even if he does come back to earth he can fall back on his strong RBI numbers.

Jake Cronenworth – He’s been more than Cronenworth it this season, especially for his draft cost. Advanced stats indicate neutral luck so I don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.

 

Third Base

Jose Ramirez – Yeah, he’s been a pretty good consolation prize for anyone who had the fourth overall pick. Actually, more than a few managers may be having second thoughts about picks 1-3. Not much more to say, he is who we thought he was: a high average and extra bases.

Rafael Devers – He was second off the board at third base and he’s second in the points column. You don’t need me to tell you to keep rolling him out there.

Luis Arraez – Oh boy is he a hitting machine. He leads the majors with a .362 batting average and that’s made him a stud. A stud who was basically free in drafts, and may even have been undrafted. That makes him one of the season’s best values.

 

Shortstop

Trea Turner – He’s made a smooth slide to the top of the shortstop leader board with a .310 batting average, 15 doubles and 10 home runs. Nice to see a top pick living up to their billing.

Francisco Lindor – Good to see him back among the top fantasy options after a rough season. That tanked his preseason value so you got a nice bargain. His average should come up a little and the rest of his xStats say there should be even bigger things coming.

Dansby Swanson – He came off the board outside the top 100 but he’s been the mansby for your team. Power, speed, and a boatload of hits earn him a place here.

 

Outfield

Aaron Judge – All rise. We all knew he had massive power and it’s been on full display. His 27 dongs give him a big lead on second place (21). Even better, he’s actually been unlucky. The ceiling is the roof.

Bryce Harper – Even with missing some time to injury, he’s been swinging a hot bat all season and is the second-highest scoring outfielder. All of his numbers look fantastic and xStats back everything up.

Yordan Alvarez – Number two in home runs is great. Pairing that with a .312 average is better. Best is that he’s making a ton of great contact. Don’t expect him to slow down.

Jurickson Profar – He hasn’t posted an eye-popping batting average or power numbers. However, that hasn’t stopped him from finding ways to rack up points. Another guy for the all value team.

Charlie Blackmon – Not to toot my own horn, but I liked him coming into the season and thought he was undervalued in points leagues. His numbers are good but he’s earned his points. It still wouldn’t surprise me to see him on a new team around the trade deadline so his rest of season value could change dramatically.

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